The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements

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University of Chicago Press, 1997 - 514 Seiten
Protest has become an everyday part of modern societies, one of the few recognized outlets for voicing and discussing basic moral commitments. Protest movements shape our thinking about social change and human agency. At a time when schools, the media, and even religious institutions offer little guidance for our moral judgments, protest movements have become a central source for providing us with ethical visions and creative ideas.

In "The Art of Moral Protest," James Jasper integrates diverse examples of protest--from nineteenth-century boycotts to recent antinuclear, animal-rights, and environmental movements--into a distinctive new understanding of how social movements operate. Jasper highlights their creativity, not only in forging new morals but in adopting courses of action and inventing organizational forms. The work stresses the role of individuals, both as lone protesters and as key decision-makers, and it emphasizes the open-ended nature of strategic choices as protesters, their opponents, their allies, and the government respond to each other's actions. The book also synthesizes the many concepts developed in recent years as part of the new cultural approach to social movements, placing them in context and showing what they mean for other scholarly traditions.

Drawing on lengthy interviews, historical materials, surveys, and his own participation in protests, Jasper offers a unique systematic overview of the field of social movements. He weaves together accounts of large-scale movements with individual biographies, placing the movements in cultural perspective and focusing on individuals' experiences. Few books have ever presented such a rich picture of protest dynamics.

 

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The Art of Protest
1
BASIC APPROACHES
17
The Classical Paradigms
19
Basic Dimensions of Protest
43
Cultural Approaches
69
BIOGRAPHY CULTURE AND WILLINGNESS
101
Not in Our Backyards Emotion Threat and Blame
103
Whistleblowers Moral Principles in Action
130
PROTEST AND THE BROADER CULTURE
267
Culture and Resources The Arts of Persuasion
269
Culture and Strategy States Audiences and Success
293
Toward a Balanced Approach
322
A NORMATIVE VIEW
335
Lives Worth Living
337
The Risks of Protest
344
The Necessity of Protest
367

Recruiting Animal Protectors Cognitive Dimensions
152
MOVEMENT CULTURE
181
Rituals and Emotions at Diablo Canyon Sustaining Activist Identities
183
Culture and Biography The Pleasures of Protest
210
Tastes in Tactics
229
Direct and Indirect Action Boycotts and Moral Voice
251
Appendix on Evidence
381
Notes
387
Bibliography
449
Index
485
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Über den Autor (1997)

James M. Jasper teaches sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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